Structuring Sense: Volume II: The Normal Course of Events by Hagit Borer

By Hagit Borer

Structuring feel explores the adaptation among phrases even though outlined and buildings notwithstanding built. It units out to illustrate over 3 volumes, of which this is often the 1st, that the reason of linguistic competence will be shifted from lexical access to syntactic constitution, from reminiscence of phrases to manipulation of ideas. Its reformulation of ways grammar and lexicon have interaction has profound implications for linguistic, philosophical, and mental theories approximately human brain and language.Hagit Borer departs from either constructional techniques to syntax and the lengthy generative culture that makes use of the be aware because the nucleus round which the syntax grows. She argues that the hierarchical, summary constructions of language are common, no longer language particular, and that language version emerges from the morphological and phonological homes of inflectional material.The common process occasions applies this radical method of occasion constitution. Integrating examine ends up in syntax, semantics, and morphology, the writer indicates that argument constitution is predicated at the syntactic attention of semantic occasion devices. the subjects she addresses contain the constitution of inner arguments and of telic and atelic interpretations, accusative and partitive case, perfective and imperfective marking, the unaccusative-unergative contrast, existential interpretation and post-verbal matters, and resultative buildings. The languages mentioned comprise English, Catalan, Finnish, Hebrew, Czech, Polish, Russian, and Spanish.

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This syntactic structure, in turn, affects aspects of the basic meaning of its L-head, where by L-head we mean a (category-neutral) listeme, part of the conceptual array. 2 The L-head, or, more accurately, the listeme, in turn functions as a modifier of the structure, giving rise to appropriateness or oddity, as the case maybe, and as already discussed extensively. To the extent that argument structure is altogether severed from the properties of the L-head that is to become the verb, we expect massive polysemy.

We may thus assume that the choice of a head for L-D in a structure such as (8) may be arbitrary, but has consequences. If listeme-3 is chosen as a head, any other listeme remaining in L-D must project a non-minimal phrase, or linear ordering would fail and the derivation would crash. As an illustration, consider a conceptual array consisting of boat, sink, dog and F-i being T. The structure in (8) will correctly generate all the utterances in( 9 ): 8 (9) a. b. c. d. e. f. (the) dogboat(ed) (three) sink(s).

Further, as R(F) is part of a head pair by definition, it is not maximal in either one of its instantiations, and the Uniformity Exo-Skeleton Explanations—A Recap 21 Condition is adhered to. The emerging structure would be as in (24), and would involve grammatical formatives which can assign range to more than one open value, every, for instance, as in (21), without assuming adjunction. 4, as well as Borer, forthcoming for some comments on head adjunction). Finally, the configuration in (25) is fundamentally ambiguous, in that R2(F) maybe either a specifier or a member of a head-pair.

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